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Academy Award-winning American film and television actor Ernest Borgnine has passed away from renal failure in Los Angeles, California, aged 89. The son of Italian immigrants, Borgnine was born in Hamden, Connecticut in 1917 and served in the United States Navy during World War II, after which he decided to pursue a career on the stage. Joining Virginia's Barter Theatre, Borgnine earned rave reviews for his role as the Gentleman Caller in Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie, which opened the doors to Broadway where he was able to develop his skills as a character actor.
After moving to Los Angeles, Borgnine made his film debut in 1951's China Corsair but his big breakthrough came two years later with an acclaimed supporting turn as Staff Sergeant "Fatso" Judson in the Oscar darling From Here to Eternity; he would subsequently find himself the recipient of an Academy Award, taking home the Best Actor gong »
The Oscar-winning star of Marty appeared in over 50 films over the course of his working life, spanning a wide range of genres. As well as working on classics like Ice Station Zebra and From Here To Eternity, he became a stalwart of the Western genre with films like The Wild Bunch and All Quiet On The Western Front, he gained a loyal following among science fiction fans for his appearances in films like Escape From New York. He also starred in the popular TV series Airwolf.
Borgnine, who served in the Us Navy during World War Two and later survived a plane crash, passed away at at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, with his family at his side. He had four children, with son Cris following »
- Jennie Kermode
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